Sheriff Mike Slupe said the prison can accommodate up to 30 more prisoners without opening an additional pod. What Slupe did not say is this would also mean the prison would have to hire 8 additional guards or pay a lot of overtime to existing guards in an interview with the Butler Eagle. Instead Slupe said ” That number of new inmates will not necessitate hiring additional personnel at the jail, Slupe said” In fact according to the prisons union contract, this statement is all but false.
The prison currently houses federal inmates, state probation violators and inmates from other counties, Slupe said.
Housing these inmates earned the county $1.1 million between January and November, because mass incarceration is actually big business. It is not about reform, it is about the almighty dollar.
Prison Warden Joe DeMore said 315 inmates were housed in the facility as of Wednesday afternoon. Of those inmates, 43 were either federal prisoners or from other counties.